This Saturday, this Memorial Day weekend, the Historic Elk Landing Foundation will sponsor another unique look at military life, this time in the American Revolutionary War. We all know about General George Washington, and Britain’s Generals Howe and Cornwallis, but how much do we know about the people who kept the soldiers together and on the move? How much do we know about especially the women who did the cooking, mending, laundry, childcare, and nursing of the sick and wounded back to health? Did you know that some of these women, known as “Camp Followers,” were not only fed (half rations), but were paid a small stipend in some cases? And a few even found themselves in combat when their husbands were wounded. Well, it’s true. And this Saturday the women members of the Cecil Militia will explain what their duties were and what life was like as a camp follower in General Washington’s Continental Army.
Our gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday when you are invited to tour the Cecil Militia camp and talk to the costumed interpreters about life in Washington’s army from a women’s point of view. We will also offer tours of our 2 centuries old Hollingsworth House at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The program will wrap up at 2 p.m.
Admission is free.
Contact Linda Parrish at Linda.Parrish@ncs.k12.de.us